Adaptive Biomedical Design connects idea generators with students, teachers, engineers, marketing and patent experts. And the technology and resources to design, prototype and patent their ideas to create solutions – new advances, innovations and inventions – in the biomedical and medical fields.

ABD’s purpose is several fold:

  • To give people who’ve had serious health challenges and continue to experience limited mobility or other issues a chance to see themselves as experts, engineers, and idea generators, rather than only as patients. ABD gives them access to the understanding, resources, and equipment necessary to make those ideas reality, and make them available to others.
  • To provide people in the medical field the opportunity to explore their ideas to improve their work environment, the patient experience, and give them a voice in design.
  • To combine the technical background and expertise of students with an understanding of what it’s like to be a user of medical devices, giving them valuable training in how to design for customers, how to test prototypes, and potentially how to license their ideas—all before they go on the job hunt.
  • To help students understand that being part of a team isn’t a requirement or a chore, it is a chance for them to work with people who have experiences different to their own, and that those differences can help them create better designs to address all of the customer’s needs.

Founders

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Heather Canavan, PhD

Co-Founder and Director

Co-founder of Adaptive Biomedical Designs, draws from her own experience as a patient to improve the world for herself and others.
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About Us

Phuong Anh Nguyen, MS

Co-Founder and Director

Co-founder of Adaptive Biomedical Designs and a dual PhD/MBA student passionate about research, design and the process of bringing useful products to real people.
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